Why Giving Reasons for Faith is Not Optional
by Jonathan Morrow
As Americans we like to keep our options open. We don’t like to commit. And we especially don’t like to submit to anything or anyone. Unfortunately that mindset creeps into our vision of what following Christ looks like. As a result, sometimes essentials in the Christian life get turned into options. Let me explain.
All Those Commands
There are a lot of commands in Scripture. In fact if you look at the book of James alone, there are over 50 commands! Some commands seem very natural to us because (1) we have studied the Bible and (2) the cultures in our churches have reinforced them with action and attention. Take the important command to care for the poor and at risk in our society:
“Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” – Isaiah 1:16-17
No serious Christian would deny that we ought to care for the poor. That was an easy one to understand.
The Place of Obedience in the Christian Life
To avoid misunderstanding, we do not obey Scripture to earn God’s love or get spiritual brownie points. That distorts the Gospel. It is because of God’s great love for us that we are free to obey. In fact this is one of the ways that we show that we love God. (cf. John 14:15).
Giving Reasons for Faith (A.K.A “Apologetics”)
So what does all this have to do with giving reasons for faith? Check out this command…
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